Review: The Gender Games by Juno Dawson

Title: The Gender Games – The Problem with Men and Women, From Someone Who Has Been Both

Author: Juno Dawson

Pages: 368 Pages

Publisher: Two Roads

The Blurb

‘It’s a boy!’ or ‘It’s a girl!’ are the first words almost all of us hear when we enter the world. Before our names, before we have likes and dislikes – before we, or anyone else, has any idea who we are. And two years ago, as Juno Dawson went to tell her mother she was (and actually, always had been) a woman, she started to realise just how wrong we’ve been getting it.

Gender isn’t just screwing over trans people, it’s messing with everyone. From little girls who think they can’t be doctors to teenagers who come to expect street harassment. From exclusionist feminists to ‘alt-right’ young men. From men who can’t cry to the women who think they shouldn’t. As her body gets in line with her mind, Juno tells not only her own story, but the story of everyone who is shaped by society’s expectations of gender – and what we can do about it.

Featuring insights from well-known gender, feminist and trans activists including Rebecca Root, Laura Bates, Gemma Cairney, Anthony Anaxagorou, Hannah Witton, Alaska Thunderfuck and many more, The Gender Games is a frank, witty and powerful manifesto for a world in which everyone can truly be themselves.


The Review

Continuing with my reading of non-fiction about LGBT history and issues, I decided to read Juno Dawson’s The Gender Games.

The whole world of LGBT is diverse and multilayered that I do sympathise with both sides of the sexuality spectrum. The first is most obviously with the people who are in the LGBT community. They are still – 50 years after the Stonewall Riots – are having to fight for their rights. This is all kinds of wrong. Equally, I do sympathise with those who aren’t too familiar with the LGBT community. It can be difficult when you aren’t aware of correct labels and pronouns and I will admit to being scared of getting things wrong. However, what I have taken from reading The Gender Games is that it is ok to ask if you are confused.

It has also furthered my belief that LGBT history should be part of the curriculum. It will give people a safe space to ask questions and learn. Without this education, we are encouraging ignorance.

Part memoir – part advice guide, Juno Dawson gives harsh, beautiful, and realistic views of life living as a trans woman. Dawson’s ability to get to the nitty-gritty of the matter without making you, the reader, feel bad for not knowing everything (yet) is what makes The Gender Games so enjoyable t read.

The Gender Games – The Problem with Men and Women, From Someone Who Has Been Both by Juno Dawson is available now.

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